I love dogs. Compared to us, they have very little intelligence and physical size. But they use every dogging bit of it they've got. The only difference between us and them is that they aren't capable of exploring and mimicking our social structure. If they could, this world would be run by dogs. The rotties would tear our throats out, the greyhounds would outrun us and cut us down and the terriers would stand on our vacant corpses, chew on our entrails and go 'yip, yip, yip'.
What dogs have you guys got? I have a 2-year-old yorkshire terrier that a mate of my dad's was giving away free to a good home. I have a close personal relationship with this little guy. If he looks hungry, I'll feed him some of whatever I'm eating. Obviously you can't use physical discipline on a dog this size, but if he's doing something wrong I'll do something to make sure he knows he's going wrong. My belief is that using physical discipline on dogs shows the presence of stupidity in the owner. You guys?